Catalytic converter theft has become a common crime across the country, and it's not just limited to specific areas or types of vehicles. Thieves are targeting these exhaust system components because they contain valuable metals, such as platinum, palladium, and rhodium, which can be sold for a high price. In fact, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, catalytic converter thefts have increased by 300% since 2018.
The recent attempted theft and felony criminal damage at Cabinetland in Springfield, IL, is just one example of the devastating impact of this crime. On March 27th, 2023, just before 6:00 a.m., a male suspect cut a catalytic converter off of one of the box trucks, causing $4,000 in damage. The suspect was caught on camera leaving the scene in a dark-colored sedan.
The Sangamon County Sheriff's Office is seeking information from the public to help identify the suspect. If you have any information about this crime or any other catalytic converter theft, you can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 217-788-8427, submit a tip on the Cash for Tips website, or use the P3 mobile app. Remember, Crime Stoppers only wants your information, not your name.